ELA (Emoji Language Arts)

Can I tell you about this “Hail Mary” lesson I did the other day? I say “Hail Mary” because it was mostly unplanned, thought of in the moment, and was the result of weeks of frustration. It also isn’t specifically "CCSS-aligned” or whatever. It’s also in a similar vein to my “Don’t Fear the Reaper/SNL” lesson.

We are working on speeches and how speakers create tone, through repetition or word choice. We started with The Gettysburg Address, to which many kids replied “how can we tell tone if we can’t hear him?” I ultimately played the Wikipedia audio clip, but they were quick to realize that wasn’t particularly helpful. We tried connotation/denotation, we tried vocabulary, we tried focusing on repeated phrases for importance…everything. They saw a wall of text with no way to make meaning of any of it.

The next morning, I copied/pasted these emojis onto a slide: 

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My students didn’t know what a carport was today. Class of 30- zero carport awareness. Weird. Even after Google images- “Oh, I’ve seen one of those at the carwash.” No idea that they’re normally connected to houses and wanted to know why you’d take the walls off the garage. 

So then I find myself thinking about exposure, and how they genuinely haven’t seen carports unless they’ve traveled out of this area, and how they haven’t quite yet realized there are differences in income and climate and culture and style that make the rest of the world different from their own backyard, and that leads me to thinking about the more important insular issues we’re facing due to a lack of exposure to others’ situations, to make them real and human, and now I’ve gone from carports to the election, and I hate 2016.

Apps for Students with Learning & Attention Issues

Apps for Students with Learning & Attention Issues

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In today’s world, apps are indispensable. They give us directions to keep us from getting lost, allow us to manage our money, and a hundred other daily tasks. So it is no surprise that apps have been created for helping students, especially those with learning and attention challenges such as ADHD, to organize and perform tasks more effectively. Apps, in combination with treatment modalities and…

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The last few anons have confused me. What is a tc community? Why would a teacher date literal children? Why is a raven like a writing desk?

Every few months this comes around my blog and I spend a few days arguing with people (mostly teenagers but not exclusively) who think their teachers are sending them secret signals that they are in love with them OR spend their days validating others who feel this way. For the full experience, check out my dark history with the whole subject here.

I’ve realized I don’t actually believe it’s possible to “teach” someone a language.

You can provide resources, but the student needs to use them.

You can answer questions, but the student needs to ask them first.

You can point at a word and say “This means that.” And then the same again for the next word. And then again, and again, and again. But a dictionary can do this too.

You can give a long awkward explanation of all the grammatical exceptions to the rules, but you’ll probably leave them even more confused than when they started.

What you can do is inspire them, give them passion – the longest-lasting and most useful gift you can give someone who wants to learn a language. If you ignite the flame of excitement within them to pursue the language on their own, they will continue to learn for the rest of their lives, even without you.

Teacher Asked Students A Simple Question. Check Out Their Heartbreaking & Surprising Responses

Third-grade teacher at Doull Elementary School Kyle Schwartz decided to begin a clever and insightful project about her students’ lives. Schwartz asked them to complete a simple sentence “I wish my teacher knew…” The answers were heartbreaking and shocking.

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